Thursday, August 20, 2015
The Black Trans Visibility Conundrum
There is Isis King and Arisce Wanzer following in the trailblazing footsteps of Tracy Africa Norman and repping us in the modeling world..Laverne Cox continues her Sophia Burset role on Orange Is The New Black while adding to an impressive list of magazine covers, getting attention and buzz about playing other roles and possible network show pilots and having groundbreaking things happen for her like becoming the first ever trans person to have a wax figure of themselves at Madame Tussaud's
Speaking of movies, we have documentary films in production profiling the lives of Miss major and Marsha P. Johnson. Fallon Fox is in the women's MMA ranks kicking butt with a 5-1 record while also being featured in the Game Face documentary and a voice for trans inclusion inside and outside the sporting world as Black trans feminine trailblazers do their thing in other fields like Angelica Ross, Breanna Sinclaire and Tona Brown
Even our trans brothers are finally getting their long overdue time in the spotlight, with people like BTAC founder Carter Brown, Jevon Martin, Rev Lawrence T. Richardson, Kylar Broadus, Dr. Kai Greene, Dr. Van Bailey, and entrepreneurs like Dr Kortney Ziegler representing us in the tech world.
And that needs to stop. Hey NAACP, Congressional Black Caucus and the Urban League, #BlackTransLivesMatter, too..
We have ministers preaching anti-trans hate from their pulpits at the behest of white right wing fundamentalists and anti-LGBT activists that is deleteriously affecting us and translating into far too many of us drying so these sellouts can build conservative street cred.
That sets up a conundrum for Black trans people and our cis allies to ponder. While the increased visibility for Black trans people has been a mixed bag, it's also necessary to advance our trans human rights struggle.
We've gone through tough times before, and we will get through them again. We Black trans people have always been visionary leaders at the forefront of change for our people, and that pattern is no different in the second decade of the 21st century. We have much to contribute to the Black community if just given the opportunity to do so.
The question is how soon will our people give us that chance to prove it/